30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Bus
3
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Alanya
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
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Istanbul — 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tofas's Bursa Museum Of Anatolian Cars and Tokgun Hali & Kilim. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Istanbul: Bursa (Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), Emir Sultan Camii, &more). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Uskudar Harem Sahil Yolu, visit Galipdede Caddesi, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take a stroll through Eyup.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul travel route builder site.

Mumbai, India to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Istanbul is minus 2.5 hours. Traveling from Mumbai in October, you will find days in Istanbul are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ankara.
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Ankara — 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
On the 12th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Natural History Museum, view the masterpieces at Cer Modern, get engrossed in the history at II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Republic, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Melike Hatun Camii, and finally get engrossed in the history at PTT Pul Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Equestrian Statue of Kemal Ataturk, admire the landmark architecture of Yeni Mosque (Cenab Ahmet), admire the landmark architecture of Aslanhane Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Pirinc Han, then examine the collection at Gokyay Chess Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara trip maker site.

Fly from Istanbul to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Istanbul in October, with highs in Ankara at 16°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 5 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Selime Monastery and Sunset Point. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup), Narligol Krater Golu (in Nigde) and Kayseri (Gevher Nesibe Müzesi & Hunat Hatun Complex). On the 17th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, explore the ancient world of Özkonak Underground City, and do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Ankara in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 24°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Antalya.
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Antalya — 4 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Termessos Ruins and TahtalI Dagi. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Olympos Archeological Site (in Olympos), Cirali Beach (in Cirali) and Blue World Diving Center (in Tekirova). There's much more to do: stroll around Karaalioglu Park, see Off-Road Tours, tee off at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club, and make a trip to Tyche Tapinagi.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip maker.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in October: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Alanya.
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Alanya — 4 nights

A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Explore hidden gems such as Alanya Gardens and Side Azura Dive Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alanya: Manavgat (Manavgat City AVM, Ters Villa - Upside Down House, &more), Alara Grand Bazaar (in Okurcalar) and Ibradi (Ormana & Altinbesik Magarasi Milli Parki). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Kizilkule, see the interesting displays at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi, stroll around 100. Yil Ataturk Parki, and step into the grandiose world of Alara Kalesi.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Alanya trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Antalya to Alanya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Tripolis Antik Kenti, do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery, then appreciate the history behind Horoz Heykeli, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ornaz Vadisi, and finally walk around Camlik Mesire Yeri. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the masterpieces at Laodikeia Antik Kenti, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and finally stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale road trip website.

You can drive from Alanya to Pamukkale in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Fethiye.
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Fethiye — 3 nights

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Patara Antik Kenti and Tlos. Get out of town with these interesting Fethiye side-trips: Patara Amphitheatre (in Patara) and Xanthos Antik Kenti (in Kalkan). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fethiye Port, steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get engrossed in the history at Fethiye Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fethiye holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Fethiye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Fethiye are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.
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Marmaris — 2 nights

One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): trek along Carian Trail, pause for some photo ops at Marmaris Mountains, make a trip to Ancient City Amos, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the exciting artwork at Mona Titti Art Gallery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami, look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, walk around Ataturk Park, then slough off your stress at Turkish baths, then wander the streets of Datca Peninsula, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Marmaris Thursday Market.

Plan trip to Marmaris with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Fethiye to Marmaris in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City — 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): go for a stroll along the water at Milta Bodrum Marina, look for gifts at Zeytinlik The Olive Grove, take in the waterfront activity at D-Marin Turgutreis, surround yourself with nature on Aleyna Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turgutreis Merkez Cami, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Akyarlar Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina, head outdoors with Beach Club at The Bodrum EDITION, indulge in some personalized pampering at The Spa at The Bodrum EDITION, then explore the ancient world of Pedasa Antique City, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kumbahce Sahili, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City travel route planner.

You can drive from Marmaris to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Marmaris in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Bodrum City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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